A girl lives in some out-of-the-way town for nineteen years, so poor she can’t afford a magazine, and then she gets a scholarship to college and wins a prize here and a prize there and ends up steering New York like her own private car”(Plath 2). Like Esther, Joan Gilling grew up in the same small town; she also won the writing competition and was sent to New York to work for the same magazine. Joan was also very conscious about how the world identified her as an individual. She didn’t want to conform to what society sa... ... middle of paper ... ...she would end up if she didn’t change her ways. By losing Joan, Esther was able to release her old self and be reborn again.
Summary: The Bell Jar opens with Esther Greenwood, a clever nineteen year old girl working as an intern at a well-known women’s magazine in New York City. Despite her seemingly wonderful life, success, and academic achievements, Esther often feels overwhelming senses of alienation and looks to her future with a sense of hopelessness in fear of becoming a docile housewife. These traits of early signs of depression soon became inflamed by her desire to conform to social expectations of what a young woman should be - a virgin until marriage, but a mother and wife after. Admonished by her boss about not having a clear focus of her career, she goes on an array of dates. Sadly, the last of her dates attempts to assault her, but Esther escapes and returns to her mother’s home in the suburbs the next morning.
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